Display Your Mobile Device To Your Screen

Here at NWU, classrooms are outfitted with a number of different ways to mirror your mobile device to the projector. Of the methods of presenting, we at WITS have found that users run into the most issues here. Having a backup to this form of presenting might be helpful. Never-the-less, knowing how to present media from your mobile device to your computer can help give your presentation an creative edge! The most sure-fire way for this to work requires two Apple devices; an iPhone transmitting to an Apple computer. There are other ways to transmit from an apple to a PC, or an period to an Apple computer, but you may have to do some independent research on your own. In order to mirror your iPhone to a Mac, follow the steps below. 

  1. First, you have to connect your iPhone to the Mac via USB. Once you have, open QuickTime Player by going to Go in the top menu, then Applications. Once Applications is open, you can look, or search for QuickTime Player and open it. 

  2. When you open QuickTime Player, there will not be a window that opens, the only change comes in the top menu. There, next to the QuickTime Player option, you will want to go to File, then New Movie Recording. Now, a new window should appear. 

  3. The new window should automatically pull up video from the computer's camera. In order to change what is being shown to your device, click the arrow next to the record button, and select the name of your phone. If this option does not appear, make sure that your device trusts the computer. When you first plug your device in, the option to Trust or Not Trust will appear. Select the correct option, and then possibly unplug and re-plug your device if nothing occurs. 

  4. Once the option to select your Apple device appears, select it, and what ever is on your screen will now be on the computer and mirroring to the rest of the class. 

Currently, this is one of the better options if you have Apple products. But there are other options too, some of which have been implemented into our NWU classrooms already. Some classrooms come with Solstice Pods which allow to you mirror your device, not to the computer, but to the projector to TV itself. By clicking here, you will be sent to the Solstice website with a video on how to work with Solstice. They will have the most up to date instructions with the solstice pods. However, if you look below, there are instructions on how to mirror to the Solstice pods if you would like to avoid the website itself.

 

iPhone Instructions

If you have an Apple phone, and wish to mirror to a Solstice pod, you are in luck! By following these instructions, you will be able to do so. Before we begin, you will have to have the Solstice App, which is called Mersive Solstice, whose logo looks like this. ​

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By tapping on the image on our mobile website, you will be able to download the app from the App Store. If you have an Android device, while the instructions aren't explicitly included here, the process should be very similar. 

  1. First, you will want to go to the podium controller in the classroom you are using. Here, you will be able to ensure that the classroom has a Solstice pod to begin with, and you will also be able to change the input on the screen to the correct option. 

  2. Once at the podium, select the Soltice Pod option from the main menu, or depending on the classroom you are in, simply turn the system by first going to Room Setup, and then tapping the red power buttons, shown in the green on position below. 

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   3. Once the display is on, the screen below will appear. There are a few things to which that you should bring your attention. Below you will see what appears on the screen you are going to mirror too, and the information you need is in the top right corner. There are two IP addresses, but the only one you will be needing is the one next to the word INTERNAL. Please note, this may change, and at times, there will only be the nwu-wifi option, if this is the case, you may select that option, but the INTERNAL choice is much better. Whichever one you choose is the IP address you will enter into the Solstice App.

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   4. Once you have the Solstice App Installed, open the app, and a screen similar to the one below will appear. It may say that there are no devices, or you are not connected to the internet. As long as you phone says it is connected, then you will be fine, the app still has some bugs to work out. Now, you will want to enter the IP Address in the search bar as shown in the image below. 

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   5. Once you have entered your IP Address and tapped "Enter" or the equivalent on you mobile device keyboard, an area to enter a 4-digit passcode will appear on your phone. The password you are looking for will be in the top right-hand corner of the screen. Once the code on the screen is entered into your mobile device, you are almost done with the process. 

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   6. If you have an android device, the following instructions will not apply to you, at this point in the process you may already be mirroring, if you are not, please adapt the instructions for the iPhone to your own device. If you are using an iPhone, you have a few more steps to go. First, you will want to open up your control center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen (iPhone X or earlier), or by swiping down from the top right-hand corner of your screen (iPhone X or later). If done properly, your iPhone will look similar to the image on the left below. Once, there you will want to select Screen Mirroring. Once there, you will want to select the room you are trying to mirror to as shown by the image on the right below.  

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 Now that you have completed the steps, you should be on your way. It is important to note that many of the classrooms that come with this function differ from one another, and so these instructions may be need to be adapted to fit your classroom. If you are still having issues with the pods, reach out to WITS by email, nwu-wits@nebrwesleyan.edu, or by phone, 402-465-7777. Between us at WITS and the solstice website, you should be screen mirroring in no time! All you have to do is navigate to the correct input on the TV, and then follow the instructional video linked above.